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Old November 25th, 2008, 06:51 AM   #221
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Old November 26th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #222
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Great thread! My wife and I took a trip to Montreal and Quebec City back in 2004 and loved it! A little too cold for our tastes during the winter months but perfect for summer vacation.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 09:30 AM   #223
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Great thread! My wife and I took a trip to Montreal and Quebec City back in 2004 and loved it! A little too cold for our tastes during the winter months but perfect for summer vacation.
Yeah winter takes its toll GT. You have to be a hardy type to live here year-round. The trick to enjoying winter is to embrace it rather than fight it: go skating, skiing, tobagganing, snowshoeing.. it can be quite fun!

Glad you had a good time. Come back anytime between April and October and you'll be fine!
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Old November 30th, 2008, 09:31 AM   #224
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Some recent, annual happenings

If you get a chance, go to World Press Photo. Stunning photography that will remind you how much you suck as a photographer.

Coming to a city near you:
http://www.worldpressphoto.org/index...width=high#172





The Salon du Livre de Montréal is awesome. Six days of books, books and more books. Plus lots of hot, literate women, guys with facial hair, and free wine.. if you weasel your way into the right conversation.









Expozine is the small press Salon du Livre for hipsters. I'm not sure why I go every year as I'm not a hipster and I'm not particularly into comics or anti-everything literature. I guess it's simply reassuring to know that alternative viewpoints are encouraged. That, and they always sell tasty beer!

The venue is Église Saint-Enfant-Jésus, a beautiful church accross from Parc Lahaie.





Parc Lahaie












I failed miserably in capturing the absolute gorgeousness of the beer/samosa saleswoman





Cédric Sam of Spacing Montréal was there



Oh.. loogadapuppy!!


As I left, I took a few pics of Caserne 30 accross the park. It's a really cool fire station.






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Old November 30th, 2008, 11:35 AM   #225
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Stunning pics
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Old December 1st, 2008, 05:09 AM   #226
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Some métro pics

I love subways and I use the métro at least 20 times per week. Over the winter, I'm going to try to photograph each station as they are all different and have all been designed by different architects.

I'll start at Honoré-Beaugrand, the easternmost station on the green line, and add 3 or so each time.

This section of the line was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics.

This is where you charge your OPUS Card. The STM introduced this touchless system earlier this year and despite a few wrinkles (mainly due to stupid people!) the transition is almost complete. It's a vast improvement over the old swipe card/ticket system. It takes about 30 seconds to load your card with a monthly pass or 6 fares on these machines and they are located in all stations and some retail outlets. OPUS can be used on all Montréal regional systems as well as in Gatineau and Québec City.



Honoré-Beaugrand:
Nice station with clean lines.











Radisson:
Really imposing, it's like being in a giant space station!



















Langelier:
Really sleek, with nice metal sculptures which appear to be doors but aren't.











That's it for now. Next up: Cadillac, Assumption, Viau..

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Old December 1st, 2008, 07:45 PM   #227
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Yeah winter takes its toll GT. You have to be a hardy type to live here year-round. The trick to enjoying winter is to embrace it rather than fight it: go skating, skiing, tobagganing, snowshoeing.. it can be quite fun!

Glad you had a good time. Come back anytime between April and October and you'll be fine!
Thanks buddy! We definitely plan on returning one day. I think outside of our honeymoon trip in Scotland and Italy, our trip to Quebec was the best we've ever been on.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 08:07 PM   #228
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Thanks buddy! We definitely plan on returning one day. I think outside of our honeymoon trip in Scotland and Italy, our trip to Quebec was the best we've ever been on.
I love Montreal. I lived there for 10 years and had a fantastic time. If I was rich enough I'd live 3 months of the year in Montreal, 3 months in Toronto and 6 months traveling around the world. I CURSE YOU, LOTTO 6/49!
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Old December 8th, 2008, 07:54 AM   #229
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McGill Ghetto (Milton Park)

Milton Park is a downtown neighbourhood that is better known as the 'McGill Ghetto' as most of the residents are students or staff of McGill University.

When I decided to go there, it was sunny and mild. When I stepped out of the métro, the sky had turned dark and it had begun snowing and blowing. I walked up and down a few streets, but after losing what little light there was I said "**** it!". I may go back tomorrow.



























Hôtel-Dieu Hospital. Founded in 1645, the 'new' campus was built in 1861.









L'IRCM biomedical research centre



Former D'Arcy McGee high school, now lofts









Montréal arts interculturels - theatre, galleries and studios. Home of The Black Theatre Workshop, Fringe Festival, the funky Studio 303 and much more















Alleyway















































Montréal church number 8,934,826 - converted to some other use





No idea what this was and I was too cold to find out!


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Old December 8th, 2008, 08:02 AM   #230
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There are 3 things that are preventing me from moving there:
1.Learning French to get a job there(I'm not good at learning different languages)
2.Quebec's health care system is more ****ed up than the US system
3.Very cold weather during late fall and winter sessions
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Old December 8th, 2008, 11:40 PM   #231
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There are 3 things that are preventing me from moving there:
1.Learning French to get a job there(I'm not good at learning different languages)
2.Quebec's health care system is more ****ed up than the US system
3.Very cold weather during late fall and winter sessions
1. Although you would be able to survive in Montreal with just speaking English, determination and hard work is the key to success; you seem to be missing both. Montreal receives immigrants from all over the world, many of them have languages with lesser similarities to French than lets say, English.

2. Does the US even have a public health care system? You must be thinking that because our health care is free, then it must suck, right? Not really, oh and by the way, there are several private clinics and medical practitioners in Laval so you have both options, but you already knew that, didn't you?

3. Welcome to The Great White North my friend, and if you've been following Habfanman's thread then you should already know that Montreal has the largest underground city in the whole world.

I'm not trying to persuade you to move here, by all means stay where you are sorry for going off-topic but it really grinds my gears when I hear stuff like that about the city I'm so in love with; lets get back to watching those amazing photos
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Old December 9th, 2008, 05:34 AM   #232
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There are 3 things that are preventing me from moving there:
1.Learning French to get a job there(I'm not good at learning different languages)
2.Quebec's health care system is more ****ed up than the US system
3.Very cold weather during late fall and winter sessions
All legit reasons LtBk. It isn't always easy nor is it always possible for someone to learn a new language. I've basically taken 2 years off in order to learn French (and I still can't write worth a shit!) but not everyone has the time.

The health care system is ****ed, but I've lived in Canada for most of my life so I'm used to it. I think that both the U.S. system and the Canadian system are equally ****ed only from opposite ends of the spectrum. The difficulty in reforming it in Canada is that it has acheived 'sacred cow' status. Any mention of the word 'private' gets everyone screaming "Two-tier!!.. American-Style!!" as if yours is the only other viable option. Same goes for the States where any mention of a more equitable system elicits cries of "Socialist!!.. Canadian-Style!!". We both pick the two worst examples and completely ignore the 20 or 30 other countries who all have some form of successful, mixed public/private coverage. Québec is finally allowing some private care. Hopefully people will soon be yelling (insert any developed nation other than the U.S.) style, and a sensible system will be put in place.

And you either like winter or don't! I love it until about February, after that, the countdown begins!
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As I began walking to Milton Park in order finish up yesterday's bits, I realised that a) it was -17C and b) I was walking through Square St-Louis. Since St-Louis is a pretty cool place, I took a few pics. Milton Park will have to wait.

This neighbourhood is located on the Plateau and is teeming with life in warmer months. It's still a great area to go for a walk, even in the winter. This is a very partial tour, only 3 streets.













This fountain is beautiful in the summer





















This is rue Prince-Arthur, a pedestrian street. It's crammed with restaurants and cafés (and terrasses in warm weather).






The little building is a former vespasienne or public toilet. There are a number of them in downtown squares and they are now used as ice cream stands. The statue is of Émile Nelligan, a Québécois poet.



























65e regiment armouries



Thank god for taggers! It's so good to know that #?%$## and *!$#@? were there. ******* idiots!



Institut des Sourdes-muettes
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Old December 9th, 2008, 06:18 PM   #234
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Winter is here Very nice pics btw
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Old December 11th, 2008, 07:13 AM   #235
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First REAL snowfall!

Took a few pics before and after my exam today. We received 23 cm's of snow/freezing rain/snow yesterday.

My street in Rosemont




Waiting for the bus..


UQÀM, ESG building, Ste-Catherine street


UQÀM, Judith Jasmin building. They retained the church steeple when the built the JJ. Ah those crazy 70's!






Athanase-David building. The square is taped off due to the danger of falling branches. Ice ice baby!










The courtyard behind Hubert-Aquin building. 1870's, meet the 1970's.


There's a great fountain here. It is now an ice cube dispenser












Quite a few people bike year-round. Crazy, frozen people.


Bike lanes are cleared of snow along with sidewalks and streets








Bibliothèque Nationale


Before the snow


Place Émilie-Gamelin or Berri Square


Abandoned snow angel


Icy tree


Crazy sculptures






Ste-Catherine Street, beginning of the Gay Village


Métro Berri-UQÀM


Foggy lens métro shot


My ride


Home again




Sucker!!

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Old December 11th, 2008, 05:17 PM   #236
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This is my street (6th Ave), this picture is like 2 minutes walk of my home! We really live not far!
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Very cool
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beautiful, yet TOO COLD!!
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Old December 12th, 2008, 04:04 AM   #239
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This is my street (6th Ave), this picture is like 2 minutes walk of my home! We really live not far!
Ahh,le froid et le neige, la vraie histoire d'hiver!
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